COOS BAY — In the consolation finals at the Class 3A state tournament, the No. 8 Irrigon Knights had to face No. 6 Cascade Christian. At first, Irrigon had the advantage, going up 11-7 after the opening quarter. But the Challengers put together back-to-back quarters where they held the Knights to only 20 points while scoring 34 of their own.
In the second quarter, Cascade Christian chipped away at its deficit to enter the half just one point behind Irrigon.
Then, in the third quarter the Challengers exploded and their efforts led to a 55-45 victory to claim fourth place.
Cascade Christian was led by Joel McLemore, who finished with a game-high 24 points.
The Challengers (20-10) shot 40 percent from the field and banked more than half of their free throw attempts.
For the Knights (22-6), Eric Carillo finished with 13 points and Johnny Phillips followed with 12. Irrigon finished 43 percent from the field and only hit 3-of-13 3-pointers.